Ford is bringing the European Transit van to the U.S. for the first time, and the 2015 Ford Transit just began rolling off the line at the company’s Kansas City assembly plant this week. The full-size van goes on sale this summer and will compete primarily with the Ram ProMaster, another van brought over from Europe, as well as more traditional entries in this segment like the Nissan NV, the Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana twins, and, yes Ford’s own E-Series van.
Ford has rolled out the build-your-own tool for the 2015 Transit, showing the numerous sizes and configurations available for the customizable work van. Both cargo van and wagon versions are available, with the cargo van starting at $30,560 with destination. Three different roof heights—low, medium, and high—are available, as are three lengths—regular, long, and extended. A 3.7-liter V-6 is standard, and buyers can also upgrade to a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 for an extra $1865 or a 3.2-liter turbodiesel five-cylinder for $5995 more. All three engine choices power the rear wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
Payload and towing capacities vary with these three engines and configurations, and the Ford Transit offers 150, 250, and 350 levels of capacities. For instance, a low-roof, regular length Transit 150 with the 3.7-liter V-6 can tow 5300 lbs and has a payload rating of 3600 lbs, whereas a heavier-duty Transit 250 with the same engine is rated for a higher payload rating of 4000 lbs. The Transit configuration with the highest tow rating is the long-length, medium-roof Transit 350 with the 3.5L EcoBoost, which can haul 6900 lbs. The highest payload rating of 4390 lbs goes to the long length, low-roof Transit 350 equipped with the 3.7L V-6.
The 2015 Ford Transit wagon starts at $33,095 and includes windows all around and optional rear seating packages. The same three engines, roof heights, and lengths are available for the wagon version, with the regular length van accommodating 10 passengers with the optional rear seats and the long and extended length vans offering 15-passenger capacity. An uprated XLT trim for the wagon starts at $34,595 and adds a CD player, 16-inch wheel covers, cruise control, floor carpeting, and an exterior appearance package.
Ford will also offer a cutaway and chassis cab versions of the Transit which allow for even more upfitting possibilities. Head to the 2015 Ford Transit configurator tool to build your own version of this commercial van.